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Iowa vs. Rutgers Predictions, Odds

  • January 2, 2020
  • By Thom Cunningham

In what should be an excellent Big Ten matchup, the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes travel to New Jersey and face the No. 14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights. This is the first top-15 meeting between the schools, airing at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.



Iowa-Rutgers Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Iowa -3
  • Money-Line: TBD
  • Total: 158.5

Odds Subject to Change

What a difficult game to wager on, evident by the -3-point spread favoring Iowa. Iowa has done a much better job covering the ATS, doing so in seven of 10 games this season. Rutgers has only covered four games so far, failing to cover three and pushing a fourth.

The point total is set at 158.5, as both clubs have high-powered offenses that usually go OVER this market. Iowa has gone OVER in eight of its last 10 games this season, while Rutgers has gone OVER in six of eight games.


Betting Analysis – Iowa Hawkeyes

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 8-2
  • ATS: 7-3
  • SU - Home: 8-0
  • SU - Away: 0-2
  • O/U: 8-2

Nothing changes with this Iowa team, they score a lot of points but don't play defense. Not that it matters, and actually adds conviction in bettors who fancy the OVER market for Iowa. This offense ranks third nationally in points per game, averaging well over 90 with an efficiency rating of 126.4 (third nationally).

Luka Garza is well on his way to winning the Wooden Award, averaging a double-double. Joe Wieskamp is the secondary scorer on this team, but Iowa showed just how dangerous it is when Jordan Bohannon is hitting his three's.

The question for Iowa becomes whether or not they can beat good teams away from Iowa City. So far, no. Iowa's only two losses happen to also be it's only two road games of the season. Iowa now faces a very athletic and very deep Rutgers team, who plays very well at home. Iowa has checked all of the March Madness boxes, besides winning away from home.

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